4 under scrutiny for child neglect after toddler found wandering in Roy

Jun 2 2011 - 11:10pm

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(Photo courtesy Roy Police Department) This toddler was found on the side of the road in Roy early Thursday.
(Photo courtesy Roy Police Department) This toddler was found on the side of the road in Roy early Thursday.

ROY -- Four people responsible for the care of a child are being investigated for possible child neglect and endangerment after the toddler was found wandering on the side of the road Thursday morning.

The 2- or 3-year-old girl was found just before 7 a.m. on the side of the road near 1650 W. 4500 South, just 50 yards from the home where she was supposed to be supervised, said Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham.

However, the four adults at the home had no idea the girl had been missing for six hours until police told them. "Nobody had a clue that the child wasn't there," Whinham said.

The four adults are ages 18 to in their 30s.

Whinham said it appears the mother of the child dropped off the girl at the home Wednesday night. Police are still trying to contact the mother, and they were unsure Thursday afternoon where she is from or if she is local.

No other children were under the care of the adults at the time.

Whinham said the police department conducted reverse-911 calls in the area and went door to door asking for information Thursday morning, but it appears the four people came and went from the home while police were in the area.

Whinham said the girl is in the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services while police investigate the possibility of child endangerment or neglect.

"For me, there is a huge concern in how someone doesn't go about the normal routine for that child, like breakfast, changing diapers, feeding lunch. We're highly concerned with these events that could have led to an even more treacherous outcome."

Whinham said officials are not investigating the mother, as she likely believed her daughter would be safe. He said criminal charges could be screened by the Weber County Attorney's Office pending the outcome of the investigation.

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